(4 / 5)– Worth It!
“The Other Black Girl” by Zakiya Dalila Harris has been on my TBR list for over a year. I saw it on almost every book list that came across my social media feeds as well as the book tubers I follow. A friend even asked if I had read it because she wanted to discuss. Why it took me so long, I do not know, but I finally did and it was a ride!
Here’s the thing, I went into this book not really knowing what it was. I assumed, somewhat correctly, that it was a modern fiction set in the publishing world. What I didn’t know was the suspense, thriller, mystery vibes that went along with it. I am not a huge reader in that particular genre but I found myself intrigued and engaged.
Harris created an incredible narrative interweaving generations of Black writers navigating the publishing world’s white supremacy, misogynistic and classist system. Her characters intrigue and delight and the protagonist’s Nella Rogers story arc is both deeply fulfilling while being honest to the various struggles of getting the job of your dreams.
Needless to say this read was a pleasant surprise. The commentary on both the publishing world as well as white society in general and what is expected from people of color was thoughtful, engaging and left me considering the systems I am part of and how they continue to perpetuate systems of oppression. Definitely recommended for interested parties.